The Impact of Challenging Behavior on Families: I Don't Know What to Do

Sharon L. Doubet, Michaelene M. Ostrosky

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This qualitative study highlights the experiences of seven parents of preschoolers who engaged in persistent challenging behaviors. The study included an in-depth interview with each parent, member checking, and a follow-up discussion with each participant to clarify any ambiguous participant comments. Results revealed four major themes regarding the impact of challenging behavior on families: (a) choosing activities, (b) siblings, (c) stress, and (d) questioning parenting competency. Future research ideas and implications for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers who work with or on behalf of young children with challenging behaviors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • challenging behaviors
  • early education programs
  • families
  • intervention strategies
  • parents
  • partnerships with professionals
  • qualitative investigations
  • research methodologies
  • social development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'The Impact of Challenging Behavior on Families: I Don't Know What to Do'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this